Personal Service, Peace of Mind, Pleasant Memories

Marvis E. Gains Stevens

03/17/1980 - 02/12/2018

Viewing Information

A wake service will be held, 4pm, Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Metropolitan Funeral Service, Portsmouth Boulevard.

Service Information

A funeral service will be held, 11am, Monday, February 19, 2018
Holy Temple United Holy Church
2644 Gilmerton Road Chesapeake VA

Interment Information

Greenlawn Memorial Gardens
3920 Airline Blvd. Chesapeake VA

On February 12, 2018, our beloved godmother, daughter, granddaughter, sister, goddaughter, teacher and friend, Marvis Gains passed into eternal rest at Chesapeake Regional Hospital. Marvis Gains was born on March 17, 1980 to Robert Henry Gains Jr., and the late Debbie Denise Short in Hampton VA. She graduated from I.C. Norcom High School, Portsmouth, VA, Class of 98. She received an Associate’s Degree from Tidewater Community Col-lege and did further study at Norfolk State University in Early Childhood Education. She had a supernatural, compassionate love for children that was undeniably from her heart. Her gift was apparent as a teacher at Jerusalem United Holy Church Daycare. The connection was evident. The anointing continued to follow her as she nurtured children in the following positions and locations: The Children House; LaPetite Academy (Director) in Portsmouth, VA. She was the Assistant Director for MWR at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard until God called her home. At a very young age, she joined Jerusalem United Holy Church under the Pastorate of the late Bishop Hiawatha Pierce, Jr. Marvis recog-nized her love for music and desire to sing to the glory of God. She led many songs in the choirs while her mother played the organ. Her ability to direct, hear notes and teach music was remarkable and she shared her gift of music by teaching parts to the young kids and adults. There was no mis-take, her gift came from God. Under the current Pastor of Jerusalem, Elder Clarence Fontenot Jr., her ministry continued to expand. Not only was she found in the choir stand, but also, in the educational annex teaching children’s church. She was a leader and had a heart for the young people. Marvis enjoyed work-ing in the youth ministry and supporting their events. She began the Praise Dance Ministry as a stepping stone to other ministries to come. During her journey through life she was a part of EOP, VACON Choir, Raymond Jernigan and Extended Praise, Voices of Fulfillment, Voices of Worship and Ronald Pierce & Friends. At JUHC she directed the combined choir and Jubilant Voices. She chose the music, taught parts, and directed. Lady V will be dearly missed. Her steadfastness, faithfulness, resilience and punctuality will be remembered for years to come. Well done Marvis, Good and Faithful Servant. Thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things; Enter thou into the joy of the Lord (Matt.25:23). She was preceded by her Mother, Debbie Short and her sister Latri-cia Moseley. Marvis leaves to cherish her memories: her adopted son JaKim Pittman; her father, Robert Gains (Belinda);stepfather, Antonio Short (Lenette); stepbrothers: Lamar Moore (Francis) and Brandon Henry; Grand-parents: Willie Jr., and Mae Simon; Robert and Barbara Whitaker; Robert and Oksun Gains; a special brother-in-law, Kenneth Moseley; godmothers: Shelly Pierce and Daisy Moseley; godsisters: Kimberly Jones, Tanya Jones, Ja’Lesa Pierce, and Andrea Howell; god-brothers: Stephen Williams, Gary Bynum, Justin Pierce and Raymond Jernigan; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Linda My deepest Sympathy goes out to the family, losing a love one in death is a very trying time. Please find comfort in knowing what the bible says about the opportunity of seeing our dear love ones again under the very best conditions @ Isaiah 25:8 . Please also go to for more encouragement from God's word for our dear love ones .
Posted: 3/3/2018
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Shirley Barrow Condolences Prayers and Precious Memories are extended to Family and Friends. God makes no mistake. God's Grace and Mercy
Posted: 2/18/2018
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Shannon Childress So sorry for your loss. Marvis was a wonderful person and Will be greatly missed. Marvis was a caregiver for my kids at La Petite Academy and she was such a blessing to all the kids there. Thank you for sharing her with us and may God bless you. Prayers lifted for all her family members.
Posted: 2/17/2018
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Gerald Ruffin My deepest condolences to the family. I was so shocked to hear that Marvis had passed. We had not chatted in a while...but, every now and then, I would get a "hi,big bruh" message from her. She will be deeply missed but she's up there with her mom and sister....getting that choir straight. Love you, family.
Posted: 2/17/2018
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Denise To the family, you have my sincere condolences for the loss of Marvis. You have lost someone very special, someone who touched many hearts. And those hearts will touch many more. Cherish the memories you have of her and may those memories bring you inner peace. I know this is a difficult time for the family; however our Heavenly Father invites you to lean on him during this time of sorrow. (Psalms 55:22) He will give you the strength you need to cope with your loss. .
Posted: 2/17/2018
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